Los Angeles Birth Injury Attorney
Were you or your child injured during delivery?
Birth injuries are a tragic reality. While some child deliveries are difficult
by nature (dystocia), many injuries are preventable. Doctors, obstetricians
and supporting medical staff all have a responsibility to exercise the
necessary duty of care for their patients. When they fail to perform a
level of care that is "reasonable," serious birth injuries can
result, leading to further complications that can last the duration of
the child's life. If you or your child was needlessly injured during
the process of delivery, a Los Angeles
personal injury lawyer from our firm can help. Martinian & Associates is passionate
about pursuing justice and maximum compensation for victims of birth injuries.
Two Major Types of Birth Injuries
Most injuries and developmental conditions that result from birth injuries
originate from two main factors during delivery. Some injuries are caused
by hypoxia, which is a lack of oxygen to the brain. Other injuries are
the result of excessive force or other trauma. Most conditions resulting
from birth injuries can be broken down into these major categories.
Listed below are various types of trauma that can occur at birth:
Umbilical cord strangulation, prolapse or compression
Problems with the umbilical cord must be detected quickly. Each second
that goes by in which the umbilical cord is not properly functioning is
another second that the baby is struggling to breathe. These problems
can lead to hypoxia, brain damage and even demise.
This is another adverse medical event that could lead to hypoxia. While
rare, the muscles that line the wall of the uterus could rupture during
the process of delivery. This is considered a medical emergency that must
be addressed with quick and accurate action.
Problems with the placenta
One of the more well-known types of placenta problems is called abruption,
which describes the event of a placenta separating before the baby is
delivered. How can this harm the baby? If the baby is not delivered within
a few short minutes of the placenta separating, the baby could die.
This is the result of a trauma-related injury at birth. While many birth
injury fractures could heal on their own within a few weeks, some fractures
are excessive, and even require corrective surgeries.
Medical instrument injuries (forceps, ventouse, etc.)
Sometimes, especially in difficult births, medical instruments like forceps
and ventouse (vacuum) machines are necessary to aid in the delivery process.
If used improperly, medical instruments can cause severe damage to both
the mother and child.
Brachial plexus injury
The brachial plexus is a group of nerves in the shoulder/neck area. Brachial
plexus injuries usually occur when a doctor is trying to pull the infant
out. While some degree of pulling is often necessary and even recommended,
incorrect or overly-forceful pulling can result in brachial plexus palsy.
Cerebral Palsy and Birth Injuries
Cerebral palsy is a condition that can be caused by a birth injury, although
not always. Many people who are living with cerebral palsy have had the
condition since they were born. This condition affects the brain and motor
functions of a person. There are varying degrees and different types of
cerebral palsy, but most individuals with the condition require ongoing
medical treatment and care. Cerebral palsy, if resulting from a birth
injury, is typically caused by a lack of adequate oxygen to the brain.
In the event of a medical emergency during childbirth, doctors must act
quickly so that the hypoxia does not result in permanent brain damage,
as this could also lead to conditions like cerebral palsy. When doctors
fail to take the measures necessary to prevent hypoxia, they could be
held liable for the child's condition.
Birth Injury Lawyer Serving Los Angeles County
Martinian & Associates, our team of
Los Angeles birth injury attorneys serve clients throughout Los Angeles County. We understand the difficulty
and feelings of despair that families go through when an event like this
occurs. While nothing can completely reverse the damage, our firm is dedicated
to pursuing real results that help people rebuild their lives. Compensation
that we pursue is compensation that would go toward much needed medical
treatments, rehabilitative services and even emotional damages like "loss
of enjoyment of life." We will pursue what you deserve. Don't
hesitate to call and speak with a Los Angeles birth injury lawyer at our